Have you activated your Onspot lately?

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

How does the system work… is a question that is often asked by new owners of vehicles equipped with the Onspot automatic tire chains.  When I hear this same question asked by those who have had the system for a month or more it grabs my attention.  The best way to properly maintain the system and understand how it works is to use it. This is how!


A simple flip of the switch… is all it takes to operate the Onspot system.  Ok granted there is a little more to proper operation than this, however, this action is something that should be second nature to a driver.  The key to effective operation and maintenance are to keep the system active or as we at Onspot like to say “exercise” the system.  This can be accomplished in 30 seconds or less…

  • Make sure the vehicle is moving
  • Engage the chains
  • Listen and feel for the deployed chains
  • Retract the system back to its resting position


There is no snow and ice present…  and there does not need to be.  The system can be activated in dry conditions.  This will ensure that the system functions properly and will be ready when needed.  Although you can operate the system on pavement, it is preferred to run the chains down a dirt road as the chain pattern and spread will be easier to see.  This should be done at least once a month if possible.


Preventative maintenance (PM)… also helps to prolong the life of the chain system. Like any suspension parts or devices attached to an active chassis items need to be inspected and serviced regularly…

  • All bolts should be torqued to spec
  • Pivot points greased
  • Chainwheel bearings and links checked
  • Engage the system and check for leaks

Additional information… on operation and maintenance of the Onspot system can be found in the Operating Instructions. Download it to make sure you get the most out of your Onspot system.

Download Operating Instructions

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Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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